Rohit Sharma has become the only player in the history of One Day International (ODI) matches to score three double centuries. He achieved the feat with a majestic 208* (not out) in the Second ODI against Sri Lanka in Mohali on Wednesday as India piled up a massive 392/4 in 50 overs.
The elegant Indian batsman, incidentally, holds the record for the highest ODI score. He scored 264 against Sri Lanka in the Kolkata ODI played in November 2014. Rohit Sharma had scored 209 against Australia in the Bengaluru ODI just a year earlier, in November 2013.
Having made his ODI debut against Ireland in Belfast in 2007, Rohit Sharma has played 172 matches and scored 7,210 runs, including 15 centuries.
Former Indian opener Virender Sehwag was among those who tweeted to congratulate Sharma on this feat.
Wah Rohit Wah ! 35 balls for the second hundred. So proud of you Rohit Sharma ! pic.twitter.com/EPWGZ2qcaG
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) December 13, 2017
Others like Sanjay Manjrekar also expressed their joy at the sheer class of Rohit Sharma’s innings. Here is what he tweeted.
— Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) December 13, 2017
India’s Enviable Record
Indian batsmen have an enviable record when it comes to scoring ODI double centuries. The first to get to the magic mark in the history of this format was Sachin Tendulkar, who scored 200* during the second ODI against South Africa in Gwalior in February 2010. He was followed by Virendra Sehwag, who scored a double hundred (219) against the West Indies at Indore in December 2011.
In fact, five of the seven ODI double hundreds have been scored by these three Indians. Players from other countries have scored only two double hundreds, both coming during the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup played in Australia and New Zealand.
Martin Guptill of New Zeland scored 237* against the West Indies at Wellington. Another batsman who scored a double century in the same tournament was Chris Gayle from the West Indies. He scored 215 playing against Zimbabwe at Canberra, Australia.
Gayle, incidentally, notched up some impressive firsts in the T20 format during the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) 2017 final on Tuesday. The powerful batsman hammered 18 sixes in an innings, bettering his own earlier best of 17 sixes to set a new world record.